Alright, this show is not a “Supernatural” rip off…well not completely. Let’s just admit that if the Brothers Winchester were really cops instead of always pretending to be cops, this would be the same show alright? Either way, it’s certainly head and shoulders above ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, which had a little too much cheese, but just enough cute and fluffy to make it okay. Grimm, however, gets bonus points right off for starting the series with the Eurythmics.
Meet Nick Burckhardt. For some strange reason I thought his name was Ben Grimm the whole show. I’m kinda disappointed that it’s not. Nick, who looks like a pocket-sized Brandon Routh, is a homicide detective in Portland Oregon. Meet Nick’s partner in solving crime, Hank Griffin, who jokes with Nick about the ring he just bought in order to propose to his girlfriend Juliette. If that isn’t a name that spells eventual doom I don’t know what is. How likely is it that dear Juliette, who likes to stand around staring at Nick or staring in Nick’s general direction, will survive the season? They barely featured her at all in this episode. Maybe they’ll feature her a bit more later on.
Okay, I’ll try not to get ahead of myself. Let’s just leave that to Nick as he and Hank check out a pretty, blonde lady leaving a coffee shop. Well, Nick doesn’t so much check her out as he does judge her within an inch of her life. Nick apparently likes to think of himself as a profiler of sorts who can tell you everything there is to know about someone after just one look. Somehow I don’t think Nick is as good a judge of character as he thinks he is. Our first clue comes when the face of the blonde lady morphs into that of a grotesque monster for a few seconds. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you Nick? Before he can react, overreact or pee his pants, Hank announces they have a call and off they go.
The case involves the brutal murder in a local park. Woods? There are lots of trees. A young university student, who actually kicked off the episode, left her sorority house for an early morning run wearing a red hoodie. For reasons beyond me, Red Running Hoodie paused in her run to pick up a figurine off of a branch on the ground which is enough time for her to get jumped by a blurry growling figure.
When excellent judge of character Nick arrives at the scene with Hank they find pieces of hoodie and co-ed torn to shreds and scattered all over the woods. A park ranger on the scene thinks it’s an animal, of course, and why wouldn’t he? If he were a paleontologist he’d probably have suspected a dinosaur. That’s how these things work. Anyway, his theory of an animal conflicts with the fact that there were no animal prints to be found. They did, however, find a boot print. It could still be an animal that escaped sadistic masters who liked to dress them up in human clothes, but I think we should err on the side of logic with this one and go with werewolf. Because that’s logical in this world. Not that anyone is ready to acknowledge such things are possible just yet. Looking at you Nick. They also find her iPod which is still playing the always awesome “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by The Eurythmics. Hank and I have a moment. I think I’m going to like Hank even if he is set up as the Scully to Nick’s Mulder.
Back to the introductions. Meet Nick’s Aunt Marie who appears to be losing her battle with cancer? Leukemia? Female pattern baldness? I’m a terrible person. She’s dying of something and has a few weeks, maybe a few days, left so she’s creepily come to town to explain to Nick why he’s suddenly started seeing monsters everywhere. This is the misfortune of their family she says, and it’s now being passed onto him. She urges him to break up with Juliette before the Yellow Eyed demon kills her. Okay, she doesn’t actually say that, but she does tell him to end the relationship because it’s just too dangerous.
How dangerous? So dangerous that seconds after she utters those words she’s yanking a dagger out of her cane, like the bald badass she clearly is, to protect herself from a scythe wielding, trench coat wearing monster named Hulda. Too bad her illness appears to have weakened her because she only gets one good hit in before the monster has both her and Nick on the ground. Fortunately though, Nick brought a gun to this knife fight, and it only takes nine bullets to bring the monster down. Once down, his features morph back to human and that’s it for him.
Aunt Marie isn’t doing so well and admits that she thought she’d eluded them, but no such luck. She gives Nick a necklace with a green pendant and tells him to guard it because the ones hunting her are looking for it. Right before she passes out she tells him that his parents didn’t die in a car crash, but that they were killed. Dun dun dun!
In short order the cops and ambulance are on the scene and Juliette shows up long enough to say she heard gunshots. She’s so useful! Hank’s there, of course, and takes over the investigation so Nick can get to the hospital with his aunt. While in the waiting room Nick does a pretty good drawing of Hulda, a talent I’m sure will come in handy later on. Aunt Marie regains consciousness and the doctor lets him visit long enough for her to tell him that their family has the ability to see what no one else can. That when the monsters lose control they can’t hide, and that’s when their true faces are revealed. This isn’t a fairytale, she says. The stories are real. She informs him that he is one of the last Grimms and that all the information is in her trailer which is at his house. She warns him to be careful, that he’s vulnerable now and that he should never lose the necklace and pendant she gave him.
The doctor ends the visit before he can get any more information (isn’t that always the way?), and as he walks down the corridor he looks at the pendant and pulls it open to find that it’s actually a key. He heads to the station to brood over the inscription on the monster’s scythe which, he informs Hank, means Reapers of the Grimms. Well good luck to your future kids then. Better news? Hank’s got the dirt on Hulda who, it turns out, has several human identities, each with its own lengthy rap sheet full of rape, murder and assault. Monster Hulda is not to be mistaken for Mother Hulda of the Brothers Grimm fairytale or any of the mythological Huldas I checked out for that matter. Plus, they were all female.
Now, let’s introduce Nick’s boss. Captain Renard who appears to be a nice guy, showing concern for Nick’s wellbeing. He advises Nick that since this is his first shooting he should go have a talk with the department psychologist. Good idea, they’d have lots to talk about.
Like the dream Nick has that night of girlfriend Juliette being chased through the woods in a red night gown by Hulda. The dream freaks out Nick enough that he gets up and heads down to Aunt Marie’s trailer in the middle of the night to have a look around. He seems more amused than freaked out at the arsenal of weapons he finds in there. What draws his attention, though, is the large book containing drawings and description of all sorts of creatures and monsters. A Monsterpedia if you will. He even finds a drawing of the creature that the blonde from earlier that day had morphed into.
Juliette, meanwhile, has crept up on him and is standing in the dark watching him read the book. I really don’t get her. She asks him how long he’s been down here, and I wish he’d do the same. Before she can get too nosy, Nick hustles her back to bed, informing her that he lived with Marie from the time his parents died when he was twelve. He has a brief freak out over what may or may not have been a cat making a noise out in the shadows. From the weird growl after they go inside, I’m guessing that’s not a cat.
At work the next day Nick’s left frustrated after finding out that the DNA results on whatever attacked Red Running Hoodie were inconclusive, indicating neither man nor beast. What about both? Hank’s doing a little better on his end as he reveals that they’ve found out what kind of boots made the print in the woods. Which is fortunate for the viewers because the next scene features the very same blood spattered boots walking down the street and the person wearing them is also wearing the uniform of the United States Postal Service. Ha. A postal worker on a murder spree. I won’t even bother.
They don’t show his face, but they do show a little girl in a red hoodie skip past him and suddenly the booted feet turn to follow her down the street. Poor Little Red Hoodie girl.
Nick’s at the hospital to visit Aunt Marie who has now lapsed into a coma. The doctor also takes the time to ask him about the scars, most of them from knife wounds, all over Aunt Marie’s body. Pretty strange for a former librarian. Oh, doctor, you don’t know the half of it. Nick gets a call and he’s off to Little Red Hoodie girl’s house where her distraught mother and Grandfather reveal that she never showed up at the grandfather’s house after school and still hasn’t come home.
Down at the precinct the cops are all given orders by Captain Renard to be on the lookout for her. Nick and Hank become even more concerned when they find out she was wearing a red hoodie. I don’t get why they’re now finding this out when they were already at the house, but whatever show. The two of them head back to the neighborhood and try to retrace the little girl’s steps. Her mother approved route would have lead her around the park, but Hank guesses that, like all kids, she deviated and took the faster route which would have taken her through the park.
So over the hill and through the woods they go. They split up half way and Hank finds Little Red’s backpack while Nick freaks out in the woods, his aunt’s voice warning him to be careful. Great time to have a break down guy. Nick then spots the familiar boot prints and alerts Hank before he runs off to follow them. He comes out on the other side of the park and, a minute later, sees a tall guy in a Mr. Rogers sweater come out to get his mail. Two little girls on bicycles ride past and the man shudders as his face morphs into wolfish features before he shakes it off.
Nick decides this must be the killer/kidnapper and calls out to Hank before chasing the guy into his house and wrestling him to the ground. Even though the guy is bigger, taller and one would assume way stronger, but let’s let Nick have this one okay? It’s not long before the cops are swarming the guy’s house for the little girl while he sits quietly in the back seat of a squad car. Hank wants to know why Nick’s so sure this is the guy when there’s nothing pointing to him. The guy, Eddie Monroe, has a clean record and they’ve found nothing so far. Not even the boots. But Nick, otherwise known as the judge and jury around these parts, has it all figured out. The guy is a loner, he’s never been married and he lives across from the park. Such a good judge of character this one is. Except when he’s not which seems to be all the time so far, and we’re only one episode in. But let’s not all be as judgmental as Nick. What say we give him a little more time to prove himself hmm?
Cut to Juliette staring out the window later that night at Nick who’s down in Aunt Marie’s trailer going over her monsterpedia book. He finds whatever mythological creature Eddie is, and I should tell you now, that possible weirdo werewolf Eddie is played by Silas Weir Mitchell who does weirdo better than most anyone. And his middle name is Weir! OMG! Maybe he’s a werewolf in real life? Probably not.
Nick takes it upon himself to stake out Weirwolf Eddie’s house, ignoring Juliette’s calls and watches as Eddie goes outside and pees on his fence. You know what? I still won’t judge. You’d be surprised at what I’ve seen some of my neighbors do when they think no one’s watching, and none of them are killers as far as I know. Well, there was this one, but he was a nice guy and it totally wasn’t his fault.
Weirwolf Eddie goes back into the house and Nick goes creeping around a little more, only to be caught when Eddie comes flying out the window and jumps him. His face morphs back to human and he says to Nick, “You shouldn’t have come back.” Nick’s about to pee on himself when Weirwolf Eddie laughs and says just fucking with ya. Actually he says “Lighten up, I’m just trying to prove a point,” but I like mine better. He invites Nick inside and says Nick’s going to have to pay for the window. Yes, but who’s going to pay for Nick’s pants to be dry cleaned?
Once inside Weirwolf Eddie marvels at Nick. He’d never seen one of them up close. What a judgmental little twat? No, a Grimm. Oh. He’s heard about them, but never seen one. Bet you’re about as impressed as I am, aren’t you Eddie? Apparently Grimms were the boogie men to all little monster children out there. Perspective is everything. Weirwolf Eddie is not that impressed and honestly I can’t blame him. He is impressed to find out Marie Kessler is Nick’s aunt, however.
Weirwolf Eddie says he’s no threat because he’s not a bad Blutbad anymore. He says he knows about the Monsterpedia and, contrary to what’s written in there, he’s reformed and doesn’t kill people anymore. He’s a good Blutbad. A Blutgood? A wieder Blutbad, he says, aka born again Blutbad. Nick’s stunned to learn they go to church. I’m stunned Nick can talk and think at the same time. What a judgey Mary!
Somehow the tables have gotten turned, and now Nick is seeking Weirwolf Eddie’s advice on how to stop himself from turning into a Grimm. Eddie tells him he can’t stop it; it’s who he is. He asks if that’s why Nick is here and Nick says no, he’s looking for the little girl. An exasperated Eddie tells him he doesn’t know where the little girl is. He’s on a strict diet. Nick tries to find out how many Blutbaden there are, but Eddie doesn’t know. They don’t socialize since bad things happen when they get into a pack, especially when they see red. He repeats this for slow Nick’s benefit. He’s a clockmaker. He doesn’t go around abducting little girls.
Nick’s a dick, still insisting that Weirwolf Eddie must know something since he was peeing on his fence aka marking his territory, so there must be other Blutbaden in the area. Eddie must know something! He’s overcompensating all over the place, poking Eddie in the chest and threatening him. Eddie looks like he may be ready to reconsider his diet regimen, and honestly I don’t blame him. Nick is kind of an asshole. Especially since he’s pretty much asking for Eddie’s help right now without actually asking.
While Shrimp Nick is harassing innocent Eddie the real Big Bad Blutbad is headed home in his retro VW van with his take away meal in a mail sack. It’s Larry from “Will & Grace”! Hi Larry! He lives in charming little house in the woods, filled with creepy little figurines like the one Red Running Hoodie found in the woods. He dumps Little Red Hoodie girl in a secret cellar room hidden under a trap door in the living room and creepily hangs up her red hoodie in the closet with a bunch of other red hoodies. Then, he creepily offers her a chicken pot pie. Aw, don’t ruin one of my favorite foods, show. Bad Blutbad!
Meanwhile, Eddie is hilariously driving around with his head stuck out the window like a dog, trying to catch the scent of the Blutbad that’s in his area messing things up for him. I like Eddie. He finally catches a scent and off they go. Larry’s at home looking creepily at his blood spattered boots. Then he gets up and leaves the room. That’s it for that scene.
At the bridge, Eddie stops the car and gets out, saying this is as far as they can drive. He starts rubbing wolfsbane all over himself to mask his scent and offers some to Nick who follows suit. Taking the long way around, Eddie leads Nick down into and across the creek below. Once across Eddie begins to be affected by the closeness of another Blutbad. Nick asks if he needs to get a silver bullet, and Eddie asks if he’s an idiot. I can answer that for you.
Once they spot the house, Eddie takes off. Being so close is causing him to morph in and out, and he can’t guarantee that he won’t join up with the other Blutbad or go after the little girl, so Nick’s on his own. Nick calls Hank for backup. Hank isn’t that happy to find out that Nick didn’t call for more backup, but Nick says he already cried wolf once. Yuk yuk, show.
Inside the house Larry finally catches a whiff of an unfamiliar scent and seconds later there’s a knock on the door. He doesn’t seem to question why he didn’t smell them until they got so close so I won’t question it either, show, but just know that I’m aware.
Larry invites them in, and he’s so placid that Hank can’t believe it’s him, especially since Nick hasn’t given him much of a reason other than, “I know it’s him!” More like someone else did all the work for you and now you’re taking the credit.
They question Larry, showing him the little girl’s picture. Larry denies seeing her and wonders why he’s a suspect. Hank says they’re just checking out every possibility and Nick says they’re also looking for a pair of boots. Larry allows them to look, humming over his pot pie while they do so, but they find nothing, so Nick puts on his mad face and glares at Larry as they leave.
Once outside, Hank pauses and realizes that the song Larry was humming was Sweet Dreams, the same song on the dead girl’s iPod. They burst back into the now dark house, flashlights and guns at ready. A morphed out Larry jumps Hank and pretty much tosses Shrimp Nick around before running out the door. Hank shoots him before he can get away and he morphs back into his human face as he lays there. Before he dies, Nick asks him where the little girl is, but all Larry can say as he looks up at Nick is “Grimm.”
The two head back into the house to search for the little girl, and Nick, finally using his supposedly stellar observational skills for the first time all show, notices a knocked over vase leaking water into a space below. Yanking up the rug, he sees the trap door and quickly pulls it open to find the little girl tied up on the bed in the secret room. Then, and this is the kicker, Hank pretty much credits him for the whole find. Whatever show! Is that what you’re going to be going with every episode? Eddie doing all the work, Hank figuring things out and then Nick getting the credit because no one else knows how he gets his info? Grimm indeed.
Now that the case has been solved and the little girl’s been found, Nick goes to visit still in a coma Aunt Marie, telling her he has so many things he doesn’t understand and so much he needs to ask her. Keen observer Nick doesn’t pay attention to the doctor coming into the room, until she’s about to inject a green serum into his aunt’s IV. That’s when he realizes that the doctor is actually the blonde woman from the beginning of the episode that he saw morph out for the first time. He jumps up to stop her and they struggle, before she stabs him with the needle, injecting him with the serum instead, which causes him to collapse to the ground while she runs off … to join Captain Renard in his car! Bad Captain Renard!
Bad Captain asks if Aunt Marie is dead and Monster Gaga says no, that Nick was there. They’ll have to try again says the bad Captain, adding “Let’s hope she doesn’t wake up first.” And credits.
Actually Captain, I’m kinda hoping that Nick lapses into a coma and Bad Ass Cancer Patient Aunt Marie wakes up to start kicking ass and taking names.
Okay NBC, not bad. Actually pretty good. I don’t know about Nick, but the rest of the show seems pretty good. Grimm is basically what you’d get if Freddy Kruger or Daddy Winchester came to read you bedtime stories. It’s the thing childhood nightmares are made of. Or a Supernatural episode. What? I’m kidding!